Outdoors

Florida’s best eating fish — and a favorite recipe



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. Grouper is a sweet, firm and flaky fish. Many Florida restaurants used to feature grouper as a signature dish. Because of its high demand, the National Marine Fisheries Service initiated a fishing ban on certain grouper. Some opponents to […]

When I’m sailing, I just leave everything behind



[Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives.] I’ve tried to dodge all the chaos and confusion From the billion folks who seek the Holy Grail In a noisy world can you tell me what’s more peaceful Than the sound of wind moving ’cross a sail. — […]

What lies beneath: Does Punta Gorda Isles hide a deep, dark secret?



[ Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives.] There have been several thoughts as to the building and location of a community like Punta Gorda Isles. Opinions have varied as to why anyone would want to live in what was then a wet, muddy, mosquito infested […]

If you’re cold, they’re cold — but they don’t need jackets



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. Winter isn’t quite over, and — just as we humans all put on our coats and long pants when temperatures dip — animals, birds and reptiles have their own natural ways of keeping warm. Here in Florida, animals do […]

My first adventure in a boat



[Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives.] Since the invention of the wheel, our society has been increasing in speed of travel. A trip across the United States territory used to take months or years — if you even made it at all. Small communities were […]

Fishing the flats



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. Here in Southwest Florida, we are lucky enough to have hundreds of square miles of skinny water — “flats,” as they are referred to by fisherfolk. The flats are anyplace where there is very shallow water over an extensive […]

Aircraft down! A mystery solved

Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. There was nothing about the crash of the light plane in the local news. The National Transportation Safety Board also had no report of a plane down. This was very strange. I had flown over these remote islands several […]

Surprised by thieves that were raiding our boat



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. My wife, Nancy, and I had just left Cabbage Key and were in our dinghy heading back to Punta Blanco. The air was cool, still and very clear. Overhead we could see many stars and constellations. The unmistakable three […]

The best way to spend a winter morning is on the water



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. Nancy and I headed out into the fog from our dock on the Peace River. Our 25-foot Panga boat is a shallow draft, easy riding vessel made for skinny water and to be beached on the shore. It is […]

Want to see manatees? Now is the time!



[Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives.] The sail up Charlotte Harbor from the barrier islands was invigorating. Heading northeast up the Peace River, the winds were calm. The Iron Jenny (engine) purred along, and our 6-knot speed left ripples on the glassy water behind us. […]


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